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AAMA Recognizes BMI As Supplier Of The Year
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 5, May 2014
The American Amusement Machine Association honored BMI Merchandise as its Supplier of the Year in an awards ceremony at the 2014 Amusement Expo in Las Vegas...
Author: by Staff Reporter

Hero or Villain? Girl Climbs Into Skill Crane To Play Robin Hood
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 5, May 2014
Social media, gossip websites and mommy blogs are abuzz about the antics of a young Florida girl who climbed inside a large skill crane and began handing out plush to other kids in an arcade...
Author: by Staff Reporter

Tom Keil, Amusement Industry Veteran, Dies At 63
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 5, May 2014
Thomas Laird "Tom" Keil, who dedicated his adult life to the amusement industry, died on April 18 following a battle with cancer. He was 63. Most recently, Keil was a sales manager for Sega Amusements...
Author: Nick Montano

Redemption Plus Becomes Exclusive Supplier Of DC Domo Plush To Amusement Industry
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 5, May 2014
Author: Nick Montano

AMI Entertainment Ships Brand-New Continental Jukebox Ready For Music Videos
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 5, May 2014
AMI’s Continental juke­box mounts to a wall and permits operators to install a variety of flat-panel HDTV tele­vision receivers capable of showing the new music video selections available from a central music library...
Author: Tim Sanford

Bobby Hogin: AMOA’s Next President Discusses Challenges, Opportunities Ahead
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 4, April 2014
Bobby Hogin, Hogin Amusement Co., AMOA The Amusement and Music Operators Association installed Bobby Hogin as its next president on March 27. Hogin brings to the yearlong term some three decades of experience as a coin machine operator. He succeeds John Pascaretti of Michigan’s Pascaretti Enterprises, an equipment distributorship. Pascaretti describes his successor as a Tennessee gentleman who is a nuts and bolts operator who knows the industry...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

IAAPA Terms 2014 Family Entertainment Center Conference A 'Success'
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 5, May 2014
Some 170 amusement operators, who specialize in family entertainment centers, took part in the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions' FEC conference late March in Las Vegas...
Author: Nick Montano

Missing Child Found Inside Skill Crane Machine
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 5, May 2014
Yet another small child has been found inside a skill crane. This time the incident occurred in Lincoln, NE, where local news media say a 24-year-old woman called police to report the disappearance of her three-year-old son...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Adult Skill Gamerooms Emerge In Ohio, Which Mulls New Amusement Regulations
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 5, May 2014
They're the same types of games found in arcades and location-based entertainment centers. Adult gamerooms specializing in skill equipment like skee-ball and basketball games, awarding noncash prizes, are opening up in parts of Ohio...
Author: by Staff Reporter

Frederick 'Fritz' Rolle, Amusement Industry Leader From Jersey Shore, Dies
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 5, May 2014
A life-long resident of the Jersey Shore, Fritz Rolle was involved with numerous seaside businesses in several of New Jersey's most popular resort towns, most recently with Jenkinson's South in Point Pleasant Beach. He died on April 3 at 65...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Is Cashless Coin-Op The Future Of Street Locations?
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 5, May 2014
Ready or not, it looks like the U.S. is moving toward a "cashless society" in which the vast majority of all consumer payments is conducted via credit or debit cards. A recent study by MasterCard Advisors entitled "Cashless Journey" attributes more than 80% of consumer purchases in the U.S. to credit or debit card transactions...
Author: Hank Schlesinger



Pinball Legend Python Anghelo Dies At 61
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 5, May 2014
Graphic artist and noted pinball designer Python Vladimir Anghelo died on April 9 after a three battle with cancer. He was 61...
Author: by Staff Reporter

Court Grants TouchTunes Multimillion-Dollar Award For Attorneys' Fees In Arachnid Patent Lawsuit
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 5, May 2014
TouchTunes Interactive Networks, the largest out-of-home entertainment network in North America, has been awarded attorneys' fees of several million dollars in connection with its patent infringement lawsuit with Arachnid Inc....
Author: Nick Montano

Stern Pinball Delivers Unique Fan Experience With Upgraded Website and Online Store
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 5, May 2014
--press release
Author: Stern Pinball Press Release

Florida Law Enforcement Raid Internet Cafés -- Again
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 4, April 2014
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Illegal Gaming Task Force served search warrants on April 3 in five Florida counties, targeting Internet cafés allegedly owned by Ivan Vega and Peter Miller. According to enforcement officials, the warrants represent a continuing crackdown on the illegal gambling locations known as Internet cafés...
Author: Nick Montano



Tetris Goes Big In Philadelphia To Celebrate 30th Anniversary
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 4, April 2014
Tetris was big in the 1980s, but it became really big on April 5 when gaming fans got the chance to play a jumbo-size version on the side of Philadelphia's Cira Centre...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Arcade Game Giant Becomes Bandai Namco Amusement America Inc.
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 4, April 2014
Namco America Inc. has officially changed its name to andai Namco Amusement America Inc. This new corporate name together with the Bandai Namco Games logo will be fully integrated in all of the company's communications and branding effective immediately...
Author: Nick Montano

AutoWed Dispenses Coin-Op Nuptials
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 4, April 2014
After a brief recorded ceremony, complete with audio prompts and a wedding march, the AutoWed unit vends a personalized marriage license and two rings...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Oculus VR, Its $2 billion Payday And The New Virtual Reality Trend
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 4, April 2014
Oculus VR, the virtual reality darling investment of crowd funders on Kickstarter and experienced venture capitalists, has been sold to Facebook for $2 billion...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

AMI Entertainment Announces New Products And Updates; Continental Video Jukebox Launches At Amusement Expo
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 4, April 2014
--press release
Author: AMI Entertainment Press Release

Amusement Expo Concludes Its First Show On Two-Day Program; Preliminary Numbers Show Sweeping Increases
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 4, April 2014
Author: Nick Montano

Chuck E. Cheese's Owner Reportedly Has Eye On Dave & Buster's
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 4, April 2014
Apollo Global Management, the private equity group that acquired Chuck E. Cheese's for $1.3 billion, is allegedly considering a bid for Dave & Buster's Inc...
Author: Nick Montano



NTN Buzztime Reports 2013 Net Loss, Steps Up Buffalo Wild Wings Deployment
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 4, April 2014
NTN Buzztime Inc., produces interactive content for bars and restaurants, reported a preliminary net loss of $0.4 million, or 0¢ a share, for the fourth quarter. BEOND platform rolls out. Bob Cooney joins firm as COO...
Author: Nick Montano

TouchTunes Opens Its APIs; Third-Party Developers Can Now Build Jukebox Apps
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 4, April 2014
When TouchTunes introduced its smart jukebox platform in 2011, the digital music company hinted that software development tools would be available to third parties who could use them to create applications that interface with its jukeboxes. Living up to its reputation as the creator of the world's first smart jukebox, TouchTunes has now opened its API platform to developers...
Author: Nick Montano

Remember Leland Yee? Anti-Videogame Politician From California Is Arrested For Gun Trafficking
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 4, April 2014
The California state Senator who built a political career as a champion of gun control and whose crusade against "violent" videogames went all the way to the Supreme Court has been arrested for gun trafficking...
Author: Nick Montano

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